Writer’s Workshop: Fun In The Time Of Covid-19

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We talk about this a lot here, "Write about how you manage to stay positive during this global pandemic." So, let’s talk about it some more.

I’m generally a pretty positive person. I have my moments of depression and frustration — I mean, who doesn’t? — but when I think about it, I realize I’m not really affected that much by everything that’s going on in the realm of cootie avoidance. I didn’t go that many places to start with: out to lunch, out for coffee, and out to the medical appointments that I have. It’s not as though we were running all over God’s creation all the time.

Mary is the person who does all the running out and picking up food. She doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, I think she’s glad to get away from me. There are a couple of local restaurants that we can order from over the Internet, then she goes out and picks up the food. There are also the standard fast food places like Chick-Fil-A, Arby’s, and Jersey Mike’s Subs where she’ll pick up food. Things taste just as good at home as they do out somewhere.

Ditto with coffee. I’m just as happy drinking what we brew here at home. Occasionally we’ll get a taste for a Frappuccino from Starbucks, and we might go while we’re out somewhere or Mary gets the drinks and comes home. I have to admit, I don’t miss the coffee shop experience. If I do miss it, I can always use one of my noise generators to produce the sound of a café.

I’ve been going to lymphatic drainage therapy a couple of times a week. When I get out of an appointment, it’s lunchtime and Mary and I might go to one of the local restaurants for a sit-down lunch. The change of scenery is nice.

So, what else am I doing?

  • Sleeping. When at a loss for anything else to do, I sleep.
  • Listening to music and watching YouTube videos. I’ve been exploring different kinds of music, such as vaporwave and mallsoft. A lot of those explorations lead me onto sites like Bandcamp and Soundcloud. I’m also finding that I like lounge music, maybe because I still think of myself as a charming, suave and debonair international playboy. And yes, I still watch commercial breaks and all that other weird stuff. Occasionally, I’ll listen to podcasts, mostly music-oriented ones.
  • Reading other blogs and writing my own blog entries. Which about figures, right?
  • Play solitaire and do sudoku. Hey, why not?

So, that’s what I do to keep me positive and keep me occupied while the pandemic rages on…

14 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Fun In The Time Of Covid-19

  1. I actually like being home, but it would be nice to have the option of going somewhere without feeling like I’m putting my family at risk. I think it’s the paranoia that I try to keep from getting the better of me!


  2. We do what we gotta do to stay sane and avoid the cooties! I do miss going out for coffee. Yes, I can sip my home brewed stuff at home, but I like to get out and people watch.
    Dealing with the situation is easier for some than others. For those young active extroverts, this can be a tough time.


  3. I get my solitaire fix on a daily basis. It’s a nice respite now and then.

    I wish we had an Arby’s closer to us. Our nearest one is something like 10 miles away. Otherwise we have most of the big chains nearby as well as a plethora of Mexican restaurants. I’ve grown a bit tired of Mexican food of late.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    1. They’ve got some good solitaire games at the World of Solitaire website. That’s where I play most frequently.

      There was an Arby’s in Santa Monica that I used to go to, right near the library and the 3rd Street Promenade. Not surprisingly, it’s closed now (this was better than 20 years ago).


  4. Hi John – a great positive brief on life for you and Mary … yes it’s doing what we can … I join with you in your thoughts … I look forward to bumping (not literally!) into friends as I walk to town, or on the seafront … to get a bit of social face to face … take care and here’s to positivity … all the best – Hilary


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